The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council (CNC) had its monthly meeting May 19 at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. During the meeting, the CNC heard a presentation on a proposed renovation project at 213 Harrison Avenue by architect Arthur Choo and building owner Bob Chen.
This is the second time that Choo and Chen have stood before the council to propose their renovation project. The renovation would increase the building’s height to five stories from 3.5 stories, while remaining under the 80-feet height limit. The existing building, situated between two rowhouse buildings, is 53 feet and 2 inches, with the proposed addition bringing the building height up to 59 feet and 6 inches.
Moderator Bill Moy told Choo and Chen to get more signatures of support from residents in adjacent buildings before appealing a negative Zoning Board decision. Notification letters were sent to residents within a 300-foot radius of 213 Harrison Avenue, but were not translated into Chinese, which Chen said he would do.
Per the proposal, the basement would be converted into commercial space, while the four floors above ground would be residential units. Safety improvements, such as sprinkler and fire alarm systems, are also part of the proposed renovation.
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